Q. What makes you different?
A. I like to incorporate a sense of fashion into photography quite often. Clients and their friends and families often say their wedding images look like they belong on the cover a magazine. Candid, photojournalistic wedding photography is another style I employ. I want unique wedding photos for my clients. I'll do whatever I have to do to get them. The way I showcase color in my images has been a big draw for clients too. They tell me that all of the time. Providing All Day Coverage has given my clients piece of mind that I will be there to tell the story of the entire day. That has worked out well.
Q. Do you do more traditional, posed wedding photography or more reportage style?
A. The key to great wedding photography is capturing emotion and telling the story and what better way to do so than capturing that as a photo journalist. At the same time, Grandma may want a simple posed portrait of herself, her daughter and the bride or groom standing together in a nice setting. There is nothing wrong with that either. My goal is to NOT produce stiff, forced images. Families are important to me and capturing their candid reactions throughout the day is a wonderful thing to look back on years down the line. I listen to my clients and craft my vision with theirs.
Q. What type of gear do you bring to a typical wedding shoot?
A. First on my checklist are two camera bodies for convenience in not having to change lenses so much, but also as insurance in case one camera malfunctions. I always have a female assistant to tend to the needs of the bride and to help me with lighting a scene.
Q. Do you you have a second shooter with you?
A. For clients who need additional coverage, Kerrie and Bridget are on staff as my associate photographers. They have been trained by me and started out as assistants in which they have learned the ins and outs of a big day such as a wedding. I also like having their feminine viewpoint as well.
Q. Tell us more about portraits at the reception hall.
A. The guests love it!! We set up a 10 foot backdrop with studio lights. There is no sitting fee and they get to have studio quality shots with family members they may never get the opportunity to pose with. I have an upcoming client with family coming from Minnesota. Imagine how nice it will be for them to have portraits done with people they may not get to see again for years. It's a very classy gift from the couple to all of their guests. We usually schedule in an 90 minutes or so at the reception to do these portraits.
Q. What is the concept behind The Chicago Sessions?
A. Black and white is timeless and romantic to my eyes. I also love the look of old film and street photography from the 1960's. I love doing this because I get to spend the day with the couple in the great city of Chicago getting to know them and vise versa. They get to be celebrities for the day and I'm the paparazzi!! We end up with some very cinematic images and a fun time is had by all. By the time the wedding comes, we are all very comfortable with each other and it shows in the photographs.
Q. How does a client go about booking you for their wedding or engagement?
A. The first step is to fill out the form on the contact page of Region Weddings or call 219-779-7137. I can then send you a direct email to answer questions or give you a call if you leave a number. Clients may pay a retainer via credit card, cash or check. I usually meet with the couple so they can get to know me a little and of course, me get to know them. I believe in showing entire weddings so potential clients can see the quality from start to finish. After booking, we meet again before the wedding to go over the timeline of the day. It really becomes a partnership.
"I love being a full time wedding photographer. The happy couple are my clients and so are their family, friends and the the generations that will follow them. It's humbling to think that my work is going to be viewed by their children's children. It's a wonderful thing to be able to provide these memories and I'm grateful for the opportunity to make these photographs that will last a lifetime" - Steve Vansak - wedding photographer.
Getting to know and trust your wedding photographer is critical. Once you are comfortable with the person behind the lens and are confident in their abilities to capture your special day, amazing images will come forth. Please take a few moments to learn about Northwest Indiana Wedding Photographer Steve Vansak, the lead photographer and owner of Region Weddings. Be sure to fill out the Contact Form to inquire about your date or call 219-779-7137.
Associate Photographer Kerrie (above) started out as a photo assistant. Her passion for photography and love of weddings propelled her to join Region Weddings as a second shooter alongside Steve. She loves to come back home after a wedding and tell her daughter all about the day. In the role of second photographer, Kerrie will often cover Guys Getting Ready (if requested) as well as additional angles during the ceremony. Sometime she will capture the decorations at the hall while Steve is out taking shots with the couple and their wedding party.
Above is Associate Photographer Bridget. She loves weddings and has photographed many indoor and outdoor ceremonies. She also will cover your significant other's Getting Ready as well as provide different angles at the ceremony. Bridget recently oversaw the Ansel Adams photography exhibit at The Center For Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. She will help me capture your day in a photo journalistic style as well as portraits and fun shots of the wedding party. All of your details will be covered by Bridget while I'm out shooting couple's wedding photos.